Program Overview

Early Childhood Education (Degree)
Degree Level 
Program head 
Bennett Carter, Dr. Tracey


Vance-Granville Community College’s Early Childhood Program’s mission statement is the following:

The Early Childhood Program is committed to making quality education accessible, building creative learning environments, and developing more effective ways of providing quality learning experiences. Program faculty members work cooperatively with high schools, public and private child care homes and centers, four-year colleges, universities and other agencies in an effort to make higher education more accessible for students.  The program is also committed to making culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse learning opportunities accessible to all students.


The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Course work includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with families and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional and creative development of young children.

Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs; preschools; public and private schools; recreational centers; Head Start Programs; and school- age programs.


The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Program at Vance Granville Community College is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Associate Program Standards. Our program addresses the following NAEYC standards and upon graduation students will be proficient in all 6 NAEYC standards.

NAEYC Standards

Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning
Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships
Standard 3: Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children
Standard 4: Using Developmentally Effective Approaches
Standard 5: Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
Standard 6: Becoming a Professional


Program Options
Day - Some Courses
Evening - Some Courses
Online - Hybrid/Online Courses
Credential Offered For This Program
Early Childhood Education — AAS Degree
Early Childhood Education Diploma
Early Childhood Administration Certificate
Early Childhood General Education Certificate
Early Childhood Special Needs Certificate
Infant/Toddler Care Certificate
# of Courses
# of Credit Hours
Selective/Special Admissions: No

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